Invisible poor children let down by schools, says Ofsted Head

An Oftsed report published today finds that only 37% of pupils on free school meals achieve good maths and English GCSEs, in comparison to 63% of the rest of pupils. Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw makes recommendations aimed at closing the achievement gap between the rich and the poor, emphasizing the role of the pupil premium, set to rise to £900 in September.

The Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is already engaging with schools using their Pupil Premium to help male pupils from low income backgrounds to bridge the gap between them and their peers.

Helen Robinson